What’s this about? Teaching With Contemporary Art

Asking, “What is it?” is very different from asking a bigger question such as, “What’s this about?” I don’t have much to add here. All I can say is that I’ve been asking the 2nd question for over a decade and have gotten MUCH better answers than when I was asking the first question at the start of my career. It gives students a chance to explain their decision-making and thought process. Plain and simple. It helps us help them.

Explore opportunities to make art in your neighborhood, town or city. Students making art with other kids, whether it’s at a church, school or senior citizen center, is a chance for them to come together and work on ideas, realizing different kinds of visions and sharing them with others. One word of caution: Be careful with programs that emphasize simply following directions vs. making art. While following certain kinds of instructions is important when learning how to make art, not all projects have to be about taking the same steps to get to the same result as everyone else every single time.

come together
work on ideas
realize different kinds of visions
share them with others

“While following certain kinds of instructions is important when learning how to make art, not all projects have to be about taking the same steps to get to the same result as everyone else every single time”.

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